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The Queue: Wherein Alex renames himself Nostradamus

Alex Ziebart
07.14.09
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Welcome back to The Queue, WoW.com's daily Q&A column where the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

After a year of writing this thing, I've run out of quirky ways to introduce this thing that don't reek of veiled desperation. So screw the veil. Along with your question in today's edition of The Queue, I want you to write an introduction for the next edition of this column that I write, which will be the day after tomorrow. I will pick the best of the bunch to use. Keep it clean!

crusherkid asked...


"I've read reports that because of the servers going down in China that World of Warcraft has dropped down to only 5 million subscribers. Is that correct?"



I really couldn't give you solid numbers, because Blizzard never provides them. We don't know 100% for certain how many active accounts there were on Chinese realms. The number was probably in the multi-millions though, yes. I'd probably go as high as 3 million, I don't know about 5 million. Asia is a big region for WoW/Blizzard (with probably half of the world's WoW players) and China is a big portion of that, but don't confuse China for all of Asia. There are still active realms in other Asian countries. For example: Taiwan, where Stars relocated after the Wrath of the Lich King nonsense in China.

Stars is a pretty good example of what's happening with Chinese WoW players right now. The diehard WoW players aren't just sitting back and waiting for Netease to get their crap together. They're just jumping ship to Taiwan's servers, and have been since The9 was still in charge. So we have no clue what the number really is, but whatever it is, it's a pretty big number.

Falcom asked...

"Do Horde characters who go to, say Culling of Stratholme get transformed into a Human just like Alliance non-Human races?"

Yep!

zulix asked...

"Are there going to be new cooking recipes in the upcoming patch?"

Yes, but the only ones we've seen/heard about have been seasonal. There aren't any new recipes from Dalaran Cooking Awards. There is a new Thanksgiving holiday that we don't know much about yet, but there will be some recipes you can get during that.

Mordockk asked...

"Will the Lich King drop Frostmourne????"

I don't know!!!!

No, seriously, we have no idea. It's possible. I imagine that if we do, it'll either be a purified or powered down version. I'm pretty sure Blizzard wouldn't turn one of your raid members into the new Lich King everytime the sword dropped. The recruitment pool would dry up pretty quick, you know?

Andrew R. asked...

"Is there a place I can order the music from Wrath? I've heard samples from the Echoes of War but didn't know if that had the Wrath music on it or not. I love the music in the Howling Fjord. I put my character somewhere safe and turn the music up when I need to study."

Echoes of War has a few pieces from Wrath of the Lich King I believe, but you can get the full soundtrack from iTunes.

Varikk asked...

"Being a daily reader of your page, I have one question that is burning in my mind.. when will people stop asking you about what new race/class etc will be in the new expansion? Are you at the point now where you copy and paste the answer? It's deja vu, like... everyday."

Alja replied...

"People will never stop asking would be my guess, I don't know if they think the guys and gals of WoW.com will have received some magical document in the last 5 minutes (from when they last asked the question) that will be covered with dancing worgen and pandas that will announce what they hope. It's very annoying.

I vote that the next time the question is asked, Alex answers the question using a Magic 8 Ball or the psychic friends hotline, maybe they know."

Tyrian asked...

"Do you think it's possible that we'll see playable Tuskarr in a Maelstrom expansion, seeing as they're a sea-based race?"

Have questions about the World of Warcraft? The WoW.com crew is here with The Queue, our daily Q&A column! Leave your questions in the comments and we'll do our best to answer 'em!

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